Friday, August 26, 2016

The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman

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The Best Friend Bargain

by Robin Bielman 
Kisses in the Sand #2 
Publication Date: August 8, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance


The Best Friend Bargain CoverOlivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire. The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia. As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.


This book sounded awesome. I love friends to lover stories, and I’ve definitely been in a secret baby trope mood, so this sounded like the perfect book. And while I did enjoy it, I also had some issues.

My first issue started with Olivia. I didn’t mind the set up, she’s pregnant and going home to beg her bff Danny to marry her and be a father to her baby. But my issues came with how she basically ambushed him and didn’t give him a choice. I mean, yes, he could have said no, but considering he’s always bailing her out of situations, and she pretty much publically announced that they’re engaged and she’s pregnant, how could he turn her away? I just got really irritated with her, that she didn’t consider his life, or his relationship status (yes, he was single, but she didn’t know that!) and she didn’t care that he never wanted to get married or have kids. She just expected him to do her bidding. It just really bothered me.

As for Danny…I loved him, and how he was willing to step up and help Liv. I realize that Danny had, what he thought, were good reasons for why he didn’t want to get married and have kids, but at the same time, I really had issues with his decisions. If he really felt like he wasn’t going to be able to stick it out with Liv and the baby, if he thought he would end up walking away from them, he shouldn’t have agreed to actually marrying her.

I also kept getting a feeling of two-steps-forward-three-steps-back with Liv and Danny. Every time they’d make progress, one or both would start to doubt their plans and offer to back out or walk away and it was just frustrating. Especially when they both started realizing they were in love with each other and yet Danny still wimped out and walked away. And what made it worse was that it was right after an emergency situation with Olivia and the baby and he did it a) without actually seeing her to make sure she was ok (yes, he got the update from the doc, but still!!!!), and b) he did it with a Dear Jane letter/card. Not cool dude, not cool at all.

So while I had issues, I actually really liked the friendship Liv and Danny had. I loved their history and how they were always there for each other. And I would recommend this to other people because I know that just because I had some issues, other people won’t. 


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The one guy she shouldn't want... Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend's wish list, she's determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she's thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow--just by looking at him--she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop's pledge to help her, no strings attached. Bryce's near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn't. His trust in women is shot, but he can't help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex's list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans--and heart--in serious jeopardy.



Robin Bielman
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at


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